WATERVILLE, Ohio -- Tim Dagg, owner of Pat's Specialty Tours &
Travel here, has some pretty big plans for an operation of only
Dagg said he wants travel agents to know that his recently
launched Ohio Roller Coasters tour is another option for clients
who might have overdone Disney the last couple of years.
"We just want agents to know that there's another theme-park
product to sell for summer family vacations," Dagg said.
The program certainly is unique. Departing from Cleveland, the
four-night plan includes admission to Six Flags World of Adventure
in Aurora, Wyandot State Lake Park in Powell, Paramount's Kings
Island in Kings Island and Cedar Point in Sandusky.
The tours, slated for July 4 and Aug. 5, begin at $699 per
person, double (off-season discounts are available).
Commission is 10%, but Dagg said he would work with agents and
reward higher commissions for larger groups.
Besides park admission, rates cover accommodations, motorcoach
transportation, daily breakfast, a farewell dinner and a year's
membership in American Coaster Enthusiasts (ACE), an organization
Dagg has been a member of since its inception in 1978.
The tour is escorted by an ACE member who "knows the history of
the parks and the history of the coasters we ride," Dagg said.
It would be safe to say that Dagg has always had a one-track
mind. He spent 11 years marketing two different theme parks and was
an ad director at Roller Coaster magazine. After a stint at
Mayflower Tours, he set up shop just outside Toledo.
"Roller coasters have always been a hobby of mine," Dagg said.
"So when I acquired my own agency two-and-half-years ago, I figured
I'd give it a shot."
So far it appears to be working. With very little marketing
money, Dagg said he was able to run a successful inaugural tour
"The success of this tour will come slow and steady," he said.
"It's just a matter of getting the word out."
Dagg said his tour is aimed at bringing visitors from "all
over," because most residents from Ohio's surrounding states have
been to the itinerary's theme parks.
"We're interested in opening up new markets with this tour," he
said. "I'm trying to draw visitors here who otherwise would never
come to Ohio."
For more information, call (800) 589-5580 or visit www.patsspecialtytours.com.